Youth Engagement Officer

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Job Title: Youth Engagement Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £30,859 per annum
Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Working Pattern: Shift work 7:30-3:30PM, 12:30 - 8:30PM including alternate weekends and bank holidays
Location: Hackney Vulnerable Parents, Hackney


If you share our values and are excited about making a significant impact at Riverside, please ensure you attach a current CV and covering letter. At Riverside we recruit to potential not just on skills and experience, so we encourage you to apply even if you don't meet all the essential criteria on the job description.


The difference you will make as a Youth Engagement Officer

You will be responsible for support plans, risk assessments, customer reviews, undertaking assessments for both our 16/17yrs and young parents, developing parenting skills and independent living skills. You will have experience of working with young people and young parents and have demonstrable experience of parenting work and undertaking assessments, family support, child protection and some experience of care proceedings. You will also be expected to undertake group work, take the lead on complex cases as well as supporting colleagues with cases.


About you

We are looking for someone with:

  • We are looking for a motivated, flexible, and committed individual to work across our exceptional, 24 hour 16/17yrs complex needs and young parent schemes in Hackney.
  • You will have an in-depth knowledge of child development and the impact of abuse on a child’s wellbeing. 
  • You will have experience of planning 1-1 work with hard to engage young people and parents, undertaking observations as part of the assessment process. 
  • You will already have or be willing to work towards training to deliver a recognized parenting course - e.g., Triple P, Mellow Parenting, Webster Stratton etc. 

Why Riverside?

At Riverside, we’re a housing association with a difference – enhancing the everyday for all our customers. For 90 years, we’ve been revitalising neighbourhoods and supporting communities by providing the homes they need to live full, fulfilling and rewarding lives. 

We have a portfolio of over 75,000 affordable residential and retirement homes across the UK. Our work ranges from homelessness services to social care, employment support to retirement living, and we need the best people on board to help us.


Working with us, you’ll enjoy:

  • Competitive pay & generous pension 
  • 28 days holidays plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working options available
  • Investment in your learning, personal development and technology
  • A wide range of benefits


Diversity and Inclusion at Riverside: 

We are inclusive. At Riverside, we value diversity in all its forms. We foster a workplace where all individuals are respected, empowered, and heard. Our commitment to inclusivity drives our success and enriches the lives of our customers and colleagues. 


Applications may close before the deadline, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.


Role Profile

  • Work within a mixed staff team of 9 on a rota basis 
  • Monday – Friday between 8am – 8.30pm, including 2 weekend days per month
  • Ensure the delivery of a high-quality service to complex needs 16/17yr and young parent’s accommodation service in Hackney
  • Have relevant experience of working with young people and young parents in the child protection and care proceedings arena
  • Candidates must have experience of key working, support plans and risk assessments and undertaking parenting assessments, developing, and delivering group work to promote parenting skills
  • Candidates will also have the ability to cope with customers who may display challenging behavior
  • Liaise with the professional network, including daily interaction and teamwork with Social Services, YOT, family courts, and safeguarding teams
  • Prepare reports for Child Protection meetings, Core Group meetings, Young Parents Panels, Review Meetings and Care Proceedings
  • Attend and present the organization at panels and forums when required.
  • Meet targets and deadlines as set by One Support’s management team


Person specification



Experience in preparing clear and concise reports for meetings related to the welfare of a young person/ child is a must – e.g., child protection meetings, child in need meetings, in house review meetings, strategy meetings, legal planning meetings and care proceedings.   



Applicants should be educated to degree level or a professional qualification in a relevant field and experience of program delivery with either children or families including experience of Psychologically informed environments?(PIEs).